University selling wooded area, soccer field in Fayetteville

Posted: October 15, 2017 at 1:08 a.m.

Lewis Soccer Fields in Fayetteville is one of two parcels the University of Arkansas is selling. The lease between the city and the university is set to expire in 2018. University officials hope to eventually sell the 27 acres at Lewis Soccer Fields, appraised at $4.1 million. Youth soccer programs there will move to Kessler Mountain Regional Park.

FAYETTEVILLE -- Aspiring builders could put a cottage on the outskirts of town or an apartment complex near a school if they buy either of two pieces of land the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville wants to sell.

The University of Arkansas, Fayetteville wants to sell two pieces of land.

Baldwin tract

The university is selling a third parce. It’s about 40 acres in the Baldwin community, southeast of Fayetteville, and was appraised at $180,000. The property is bisected by Ed Edwards Road, also known as Washington County 53, as it climbs Robinson Mountain heading south from Baldwin. Most of the university property is to the west of the road, where a deep ravine plunges into thick woods. Stonebridge Meadows Golf Club lies about 2 miles away as the crow flies.

“This property was conveyed to the state of Arkansas by David Walker on Oct. 9, 1871, for the nominal sum of $1, ‘for the use of the agricultural university,’” according to UA System President Donald Bobbitt. “The deed does not contain any restrictions on the sale of the land and it was one of several land donations to secure the location of the Arkansas Industrial University in Fayetteville.”

Source: Staff report

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